By Chris Emetoh
The governor of Imo State Emeka Ihedioha on resumption promised to work according to his campaign slogan – “Rebuild Imo”.
Since then he has strived not to derail in rendering first class service to Imo people.
In line with this, Ihedioha began by appointing tested and experienced hands into his cabinet; the most recent was the appointment of commissioners, an act that has attracted widespread commendations.
From the onset, and vowing to leave no stone unturned, Ihedioha embarked instantly on tackling the sanitation situation in the state and immediately restored sanity at the motor parks and streamlining street trading.
Unlike his predecessor, governor Ihedioha approached the matter with human face by appealing to the citizens rather than applying brute force.
This was a very welcome development as it was widely embraced by the people.
Today the streets of Owerri, the state capital are devoid of nauseating street hawking activities which hitherto characterized the state.
Moreover, the ‘Rebuild Imo Task Force on Illegal Motor Parks and Street Hawking’ took a cogent approach to remove commercial vehicle parks from illegal places and relocated them peacefully to more accommodating parks provided by the state government. Today as a result of this, one can comfortably claim that sanity and discipline has been restored to the city.
Prior to his ascension to the office of governor, the road network in the state was an eyesore, totally in devastation and swampy especially when it rained.
Today the governor and his team are working assiduously to rehabilitate these roads. There has been award of major contracts for some roads even when it is obvious that the governor met almost an empty treasury.
The roads already approved for reconstruction and rehabilitation include among others, Naze polytechnic junction; -Futo-Obinze terminating at Owerri; Port Harcourt road junction; MCC-Uratta road-Toronto junction and Control Post- Ibari Ogwa Junction.
Others include Okigwe urban to St. Mary Okigwe; .Ahiara Junction- Aba road running through Okpala junction through Chokoneze to Ahiara; Avutu Poultry Road, Obowo and Mgbidi-Oguta Road.
There are the Avu junction-Adapalm road; Imo State University Teaching Hospital Orlu Road and Control Post-Umuguma Road.
In addition to these, there are concerted efforts by the Rebuild Imo Team to ensure that the state is clean, and to do this ENTRACO has been tasked to deliver this.
To this end the general manager, Imo Environmental Transformation Commission and Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment , Alex Emeziem has been tasked with ensuring that the roads are opened up and unwanted grass are weeded.
It is on record that the governor has caused to be planted about 5000 trees in this regard. The trees and grass would expectedly add value to the ecosystem.
It is worthy of note also that on May 29, the governor announced the beginning of free health care for children and elderly people in the state .
This is actually on-going as the governor is equally giving attention to the health institutions across the state. The Imo government has also commenced the review of all land allocations in Imo with the aim where necessary of revoking illegal land allocation by the past administration.
The recovery of assets has not escaped the attention of the new government. Chairman of the committee on the recovery of stolen movable assets belonging to the Imo State government, Jasper Ndubuaku, led his team to recover over 70 vehicles since its inauguration by the state governor , Emeka Ihedioha. It is estimated that so far properties recovered from some officials of the outgone government have exceeded N1bn.